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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue October 28, 2014

DHHS Evaluates The State Of Medicaid In North Carolina

Credit North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

    

North Carolina’s Medicaid program covers 1.7 million people at a cost of $14 billion per year.

The program for low-income and disabled residents has had a turbulent past. Last year, computer glitches created a long backlog of applications and payments for providers. And Medicaid has been a question mark in the budget, causing cost overruns for several years.

But health officials say the system is improving enough that the state could reconsider expanding Medicaid to half a million people who do not have health insurance.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Jad Abumrad Of 'RadioLab:' How Innovation Drives Storytelling

Radio Lab host Jad Abumrad
Credit Jon Vachon / WNYC

    

RadioLab bills itself as a show about curiosity.

The program explores ideas in science, philosophy and sociology through unique storytelling, and sound-based experiences.

Audio experiments are a big part of the show, such as adding more sections to a choir to demonstrate what a rainbow might look like to animals with more color receptors.

Radio Lab is on more than 450 NPR stations.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Belly Up To The Bar And Meet NC Brewers

Growler from Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, NC.
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Craft beers are filling the shelves and taps around North Carolina. 

From the mountains to the coast, new breweries are opening. The national Brewer’s Association put the economic impact  of craft beer in the state at more than $791 million dollars in 2012. There are 110 breweries across the state and the industry supports 10,000 jobs.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Political Junkie Ken Rudin
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The airwaves are flooded with ads for Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, and their race is on track to be the most expensive Senate race in history. Does the money matter? And the state will host several political celebrities in the coming weeks to stump for Hagan and Tillis: Hillary Clinton, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the senate race and other political issues around the state.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Doing Time On The Outside

When a family member is sentenced to time in prison, they who family can feel like they are "doing time."
Credit http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/D/bo5485741.html

Anyone familiar with the American criminal justice system has likely heard the expression, “When a person gets sentenced to prison, the whole family serves the time.” 

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Build It Back Again: The Billy Jonas Band's Creative Reconstruction

From left to right, Sherman Hoover, Ashley Farmer, and Billy Jonas
Credit Steve Mann

    

The Billy Jonas Band, an Asheville-based group, encourages listeners to play along.

Their audiences routinely clap their hands and stomp their feet to add to the sound.

And the band members are masters of re-percussion, using recycled materials like milk jugs or buckets to create unique beats and sounds.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Narrative Of UNC-Chapel Hill's Academic Fraud

Kenneth Wainstein presents his findings about academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill

    

From 1993 to 2011, more than 3,000 students at UNC-Chapel Hill took classes that did not require them to show up.

They were told only to submit a final paper, and they got artificially inflated grades. Nearly half were student-athletes who benefitted from the classes by remaining eligible to play.

Those findings were released Wednesday from former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, who had been commissioned by the university to investigate academic fraud.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The State of Things Issues Table: Education

The 2014 midterm elections are less than two weeks away, and we continue our issues-based series talking about the state of education in the state.
Credit NC General Assembly/US Senate

    

As the midterm elections get closer, education is a prominent topic in North Carolina’s congressional races. 

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The State Of Things
11:50 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Film Noir

The Big Combo (1955)
Credit Wikipedia

  

Smoke-filled rooms, femmes fatales and twisting crime plots are markers of a period in cinematography known as film noir.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

How North Carolina Fits Into 'The State Of The South'

Durham, NC
Credit James Willamor / Flickr Creative Commons

  

Like residents of other regions, individuals in the South face economic disparities like a widening gender gap, income inequality, and higher rates of unemployment among young adults.

But in the South, it is also more difficult for those young people to move up the economic ladder than in any other region.

And a report released today by Durham research firm MDC ties many of those disparities to limited access to employment programs and higher education.

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